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Yahoo! News names editor, plans major expansion

PTI San Francisco | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 10, 2013

Yahoo! Inc. signage is displayed on the company's headquarters in California. (file photo)

Yahoo! News named a new editor-in-chief who comes from The New York Times and promised a “major expansion” of news gathering at the US Internet giant.

Megan Liberman, Deputy News Editor of The New York Times, started yesterday, taking the position which has been vacant since Hillary Frey left earlier this year.

Liberman “will lead a major expansion of Yahoo! News, bringing in new voices and defining features for the site,” the company said in a statement, noting that she would “focus primarily on original reporting, social news gathering, video and live events coverage.”

“Megan is a dynamic addition to the Yahoo News team,” said Robertson Barrett, Vice-President of Yahoo! News and Finance.

“As Deputy News Editor at The New York Times she drove some of the most successful digital initiatives, from its blog network to Nate Silver’s multi-platform presence to live streamed coverage of the 2012 elections.

“She is a natural fit to lead editorial for the world’s largest news site, and she will help us take Yahoo! News to the next level.”

At the Times, Liberman previously worked as Deputy Editor of the newspaper’s magazine, where she was responsible for digital features and strategy. She also directed the magazine’s political coverage, and launched the Times’s parenting blog, Motherlode.

Yahoo! News is the most visited news website, according to the Web information site Alexa. The analytics website eBizMBA estimates it gets 110 million unique visitors monthly.

Yahoo! has been undergoing major changes since former Google executive Marissa Mayer became boss early last year, notably acquiring 20 start-ups including the billion-dollar buy of blog platform Tumblr.

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Published on September 10, 2013
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